Titans in Honolulu for Four-Game Set

March 25, 2011

Fullerton, Calif. - PLAY BALL: Cal State Fullerton (12-8, 0-0) heads to Honolulu for the first time since 1982 to take on the University of Hawaii (11-7, 0-0) in a four-game series at Les Murakami Stadium. The Titans are winners of four of their last five and are coming off a midweek series split (1-1) with Arizona State. The Rainbows are currently riding a five-game winning streak.

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THIS WEEKEND:
Friday, Mar. 25 at Hawaii (Les Murakami Stadium), 9:35 p.m. PT
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Probable Pitching Match-ups:
CSF - RHP, Noe Ramirez (2-2, 2.91 ERA)
UH - RHP, Matt Sisto (1-2, 2.48 ERA)

Saturday, Mar. 26 at Hawaii (Les Murakami Stadium), 6:05 p.m. PT
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Probable Pitching Match-ups:
CSF - RHP, Tyler Pill (2-0, 2.05 ERA)
UH - RHP, Conner Little (2-0, 3.13 ERA)

Saturday, Mar. 26 at Hawaii (Les Murakami Stadium), TBA (after gm. 1)
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Probable Pitching Match-ups:
CSF - RHP, Dylan Floro (2-2, 3.10 ERA)
UH -LHP Jarrett Arakawa (1-1, 4.13 ERA)

Sunday, Mar. 27 at Hawaii (Les Murakami Stadium), 4:05 p.m. PT
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Probable Pitching Match-ups:
CSF - RHP, Jake Floethe (2-1, 1.99 ERA)
UH - RHP, Jesse Moore (0-2, 4.10 ERA)

SO FAR THIS WEEK: A well-pitched game by Jake Floethe and a pair of FBI from both Nick Ramirez and Austin Kingsolver led the Titans to a 7-3 win on Tuesday night over No. 6 Arizona State. Floethe allowed just two runs on four hits over 7.1 innings with Ryan Ackland and Ramirez closed out the final 1.2 innings from the mound.

Ramirez's two-run single in the first put the Titans in the lead for good. Richy Pedroza and Joe Terry added two hits each.

The Sun Devils came back on Wednesday and handled the Titans from the get-go. ASU, behind starter Alex Blackford (2-0), scored 10 times against the Titans including six runs off Fullerton starter Colin O'Connell in two innings of work. The Titans got their only highlight of the 10-1 rout in the second inning when Michael Lorenzen hit a solo home run to left.

LAST WEEK: The Titans finished last week 3-1 after dropping a midweek game at Texas A&M, 2-0, before sweeping the visiting Washington Huskies, 11-3, 6-1, 9-4 on Friday and Saturday.

In College Station, Tex., the Titans attempted to get the bad taste of Louisiana out of their mouths and looked to have things under control for most of the game. Fullerton starter Jake Floethe had surrendered just 4 hits and faced just one batter over the minimum through 6 innings with the game tied 0-0. But the nationally-ranked Aggies loaded the bases on 3 singles in the bottom of the seventh with no out.

Floethe the battled to get a fly ball, and two ground outs that should have gotten him and the Titans out of the jam unscathed, but first baseman Nick Ramirez misplayed the ball at first and it scored the only 2 runs of the game.

The Titans returned home to see their offense and pitching come alive, logging their second series sweep of the year against the Pac-10 Huskies.

On Friday,Noe Ramirez (3-2) struck out 11 over six innings to help the Titans snap a 4-game losing streak that started a week earlier in Baton Rouge, La. Michael Lorenzen had 3 hits and Tyler Pill drove home 3 runs to pace the Fullerton offense. Two of Pill's RBI came home on a triple in the Titans' seven-run fourth inning.

In Saturday's first game, Ivory Thomas had 3 runs batted and Tyler Pill (2-0) worked 7 1/3 innings on the mound . Pill allowed a lone run in the first inning and fanned 6 without a walk. Floethe picked up the save with a perfect 1 2/3-innings outing. Nick Ramirez hit his first home run of the year leading off the sixth inning.

In the night-cap, Richy Pedroza had 4 hits and Nick Ramirez, Jared Deacon and Lorenzen each drove home 2 runs apices to lift the Titans to 8-0 all-time against the Huskies. Dylan Floro allowed 4 runs (2 earned) on six hits and picked up the win to even his record at 2-2 on the year. Colin O'Connell and Nick Ramirez followed with 3 innings of one-hit ball. Washington tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the sixth, but Fullerton bounced right back to put 3 more right back on the board in the bottom of the inning and didn't look back.

VERSUS HAWAII: Cal State Fullerton and Hawaii have split the 8 games they have played against each other dating back to their first meeting in 1979. Last year, Fullerton took two of three from Hawaii in Fullerton (3-0, 13-8, 7-10) in the two teams' first meeting since 1982. In 1982 the Titans and Rainbows played in a four-game series in Honolulu, with the home team winning three of the four games. The first meeting in 1979 was in Fullerton with Fullerton winning 12-4. All of the games played have been regular season non-conference games. Hawaii will join the Big West Conference in 20XX and become the 10th team in the league that features 9 teams from California.

SUSPENDED: The Titans will be without the services of relief pitcher Ryan Ackland, designated hitter Carlos Lopez, utility player Walker Moore, starting pitcher Colin O'Connell, shortstop Richy Pedroza, catcher Zach Tanida, third baseman Joe Terry, and utility player Casey Watkins this weekend in Hawaii, as all eight were suspended for this weekend's action for violating team rules. All eight of the players have remained on the mainland and will be reinstated for the Tuesday night (Mar. 29) game against UCLA.